5 Things To Do This Weekend: 7/1 – 7/3

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 1st 2016 2671 0

Happy July 4th weekend, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss. If you’re looking for the guide to Independence Day parades and fireworks, go here. If you want to go out and watch the second-most-watched soccer tournament in the world (while enjoying some tasty food ‘n’ drink specials) go here.

1. Anime Blues Con, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Friday – Sunday, $15 – $50, all ages
Thousands of anime, fantasy, and comic fans gather for panels, shopping, and of course, lots and lots of cosplay. Check out some of the best costumes from past years here.

2. Backbeat Tours‘ Red, White, and Brew Tour, leaves from B.B. King’s, Saturday, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $39, 21 and up
From Backbeat Tours: “Celebrate this Independence Day on the only bus in town to feature live music. Ride along with a professional musician and visit two local breweries: High Cotton in the Edge and Memphis Made in Cooper-Young. Aldo’s Pizzas will be delivering some of their yummy slices directly to us at Memphis Made. Go on tours of both breweries, get sample tastings, and a souvenir glass from each.”

3. Soul Classics at the Levitt Shell, Levitt Shell, July 2, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages
So it’s not exactly 4th-of-July-themed, but Memphis’ soul classics station brings us an “Ultimate Family Reunion” show on Saturday night of the holiday weekend, featuring funk band Slave.

4. Memphis Wind Symphony Patriotic Pops, First Baptist Church of Memphis, Sunday, 3 p.m., $12-$10, all ages
Bring your friends and family to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon concert in air-conditioned comfort as the Memphis Wind Symphony plays patriotic favorites, including music with guest vocalists Debbie Kines and Dr. Todd Payne. Kids under 12 are free.

5. July The BeFourth Throwdown, Rec Room, Sunday, 6 p.m. to midnight, free, 18+
Celebrate Independence Day at the Rec Room arcade/bar with patriotic films on the big screens, a patio cookout, and “in house” American Gladiator battles! No cover. The Rec Room is adults only after 6 p.m.

Again, if you’re looking for the full guide to all 4th of July fun, go here. Tag your photos from this weekend #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog!

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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